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Widow Bird  Euplectes albonotatus,Geotagged,South Africa,Spring,White-winged Widowbird Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

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  1. Why is this called a Widow Bird ? Clarie do you have any info. about this ?
    Posted 7 years ago
  2. Some believe it is because the males long tail represents a widows veil, other sources suggest that it was originally an incorrect pronunciation of Whydaw, supposedly a country in West Africa, but Whydaw only exists in Jamaica. There are widow birds in Jamaica so I suppose that is a possibility.
    It is a strange name isn't it!
    Posted 7 years ago

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The White-winged Widowbird is a species of passerine bird in the family Ploceidae native to Africa south of the Sahara. It is highly sexually dimorphic in its breeding season, during which the male's yellow plumage turns dark and he gains more white feathers, contrasting with the female's predominantly pale coloration. Three subspecies are recognised.

Similar species: Passerines
Species identified by Claire Hamilton
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By Claire Hamilton

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Uploaded Dec 3, 2012. Captured Dec 3, 2012 14:37 in Unnamed Road, South Africa.
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • f/5.6
  • 1/332s
  • ISO800
  • 400mm